January Resource Newsletter

Check out this month's reminders and resources!

Happy New Year!! We hope you enjoyed your break!

Please check out the January Newsletter to learn more information about monthly reminders, upcoming events, and even resources!

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  • Remember that enrollment documents need to be submitted within 90 days of registration

  • School supply and hygiene items have been shipped. Reach out to your TSL if you have not received it

  • Students qualified for the McKinney-Vento Act for the 2022-23 school year are eligible for Dollar General gift cards from the Unaccompanied Youth and Homeless CARES Act funds. The purpose of the Dollar General Gift card is to help you purchase physical needs in order for your student to be successful and engaged in their schooling. Items to consider include school supplies, clothing, lunch, or other items needed to be productive at school. (Alcohol and tobacco products cannot be purchased with these cards.) GCA must report expenditures to the GADOE therefore, we ask that you provide a receipt of your purchase(s). Click Link to upload a picture of your receipt(s).

  • January 4th, 2023: First Day of School!

  • January 16th, 2023: Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Public Holiday


Resources listed in newsletter are not sponsored or endorsed by Georgia Cyber Academy. Each resource is utilized as a method to assist families needing assistance in their particular county with the following but not limited to; food pantry/ referrals, clothing, rental assistance, utility assistance, etc. The resources provided, aid families in getting connected to external organizations in their local community.


JOB OPPURTUNITY - The Job Fair Opportunities

Athens Job Fair

Time: Tue, January 10, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: Athens Virtual Job Fair Athens, GA

Event is free & virtual-- Click Link to reserve a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/athens-job-fair-athens-career-fair-tickets-457835888467?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Savannah Job Fair - Savannah Career Fair

Date & Time: Mon, January 9, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: Savannah Virtual Job Fair Savannah, GA

Event is free- Click link to reserve a ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/savannah-job-fair-savannah-career-fair-tickets-458108654317?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Atlanta Job Fair January 30th, 2023- Atlanta Career Fair

Time: Mon, January 30, 2023, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM EST

Location: The Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta 210 Peachtree Street Northwest Atlanta, GA 30303

Event is free- Click Link to reserve a ticket: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/atlanta-career-fair-tickets-300752598117?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Macon Job Fair - Entry Level Positions

Time: Wed, January 4, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: Macon Virtual Job Fair Macon, GA

Event is free & virtual --- Click Link to reserve a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/macon-job-fair-macon-career-fair-tickets-457990149867?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

Macon Job Fair- Diversity Positions

Time: Wed, January 11, 2023, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EST

Location: Macon Virtual Job Fair Macon, GA

Event is free & virtual ---- Click link to reserve a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/macon-job-fair-macon-career-fair-tickets-457977441857?aff=ebdssbdestsearch

The Atlanta, GA In Person Job Fair

Time: Thu, February 23, 2023, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM EST

Location: Hyatt Regency Suites Atlanta Northwest 2999 Windy Hill Rd SE Marietta, GA 30067

Event is free -- Click link to reserve a spot: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-atlanta-ga-in-person-job-fair-tickets-389612209607?aff=ebdssbdestsearch


Per Website: "At City of Refuge we offer job training courses that will give you the skills and confidence needed to earn a job and start a rewarding career. Check out the courses available below and begin your application process."

Website: City of Refuge Job Training Courses - https://cityofrefugeatl.org/job-training

Financial Literacy Workshops

Click button to learn more information on financial literacy workshop recordings.

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First Baptist Church Bloomingdale (Chatham County)

  • Address: 2 E Moore St, Bloomingdale, GA 31302
  • Phone: (912) 748-4017
  • Bloomingdale’s church)
  • Food pantry 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month

Family Promise of Gwinnett

Family Promise of Gwinnett

  • 678-376-8950
  • 3495 B Sugarloaf Parkway
  • www.familypromisegwinnett.org
  • Lawrenceville Family Promise -- brings shelter, meals, and support services to families without homes. Family promise is a cost efficient, effective, and replicable community response to family homelessness.
  • Information retrieved from Family Promise of Gwinnett

Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

Gwinnett Children’s Shelter

  • 678-546-8770
  • P.O. Box 527
  • www.gwinnettchildrenshelter.org
  • Buford -- Provides emergency shelter, life skills training, respite care for youth with families in crisis, comprehensive child and family assessments, individual and group counseling, educational services, recreational activities, family counseling, coordination of services with referring agencies.
  • Information retrieved from Family Promise of Gwinnett

Jenkins County Enrichment Center (Millen County)

  • Phone number: 478-982-8004
  • Assist with utility payments.
  • Will not assist if the utilities have been disconnected.
  • https://jenkins.gafcp.org/

Rainbow Village

Rainbow Village

  • 770-497-1888
  • 3160 Main St., Suite 100
  • www.rainbowvillage.org
  • Duluth -- To provide families with children in North Metro Atlanta in domestic or economic crisis a healing environment to rebuild their lives through a transitional housing program that promotes self sufficiency.
  • Information retrieved from Family Promise of Gwinnett

Vidalia Housing Authority (Toombs County)

  • Website: https://www.vidaliahousing.org/
  • Housing time varies, families can apply for housing on website
  • Phone number: Vidalia Housing Authority Vidalia GA
  • 907 Morris Street 30474
  • 912-537-4885

Fulton County Resource

Family Life Helps Ministries

  • Website: http://www.familylifehelps.org/

  • Fulton

  • Pre-registered, eligible applicants may receive assistance on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30AM until 10:30 AM. RESERVATION REQUIRED.

  • To pre-register, call 404-761-6302

  • Referral based only (Please contact TSW for more further details)

Bibb County

The Salvation Army (Bibb)

  • Phone number: 478-746-8572
  • Assist families who currently have active eviction notices
  • Currently taking new applications. Provide hot meals at 8:00 AM & 6:00 PM

Bibb County

Brookdale Resource Center (Bibb)

Provides transitional housing to families experiencing homelessness

  • Community center in Macon, Georgia
  • Address: 3600 Brookdale Ave, Macon, GA 31204
  • Hours: M-F (9:00AM-4:00PM) / Sat. & Sun. (Closed)
  • Phone: (478) 292-5123

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Additional Resources

  • Helping Mamas (Norcross)

  • https://helpingmamas.org/mobile-distribution/ --- Update: Not open again until 2023--- Great resource for parents and students with babies - Organization provides diaper bags, diapers, wipes, period items

  • State of Georgia Homeless Resources


  • More Covid Resources


Motivational Moments

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.”

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I hope this motivational corner will be encouraging to you as we step forward into this new year:

  • Just know that this is going to be a great year. It does not matter what challenges you faced last year-- This. Is. Going. To. Be. A. Great. Year. for you!
  • Set aside some time to write down at least one goal for this year. List the challenges you faced in trying to accomplish this goal(s). Additionally, why were not able to accomplish those things before.
  • Now, for each of those challenges, brainstorm ideas in how you can accomplish the goal(s).
  • Click link below to check out SMART goals: This is a proven way to assist with goal setting and execution. Hope this helps!

Link to SMART goals: https://www.mindtools.com/a4wo118/smart-goals

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ASCEND Program

Ascend program

ASCEND - CARE Services (kennesaw.edu)

Offering dedicated opportunities throughout the academic year for cultural and learning experiences. ASCEND Scholars are expected to actively participate in ASCEND and remain committed to actively participate for this academic year.

Faculty, Staff and Community Members can help make this experience at KSU even better by adopting a student's move-in wishes and/or their campus rent. For more information, CLICK HERE



  • Displaced Students

GCA participates in the education of displaced students by providing specific support and supplies to help with their education. A “displaced” student is any student who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This could mean that a child is sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing or economic hardship; is living in motels, etc. due to the lack of alternative accommodations; is living in emergency or transitional shelters; or is awaiting foster care placement. If you are currently experiencing homelessness and are in need of assistance, please contact our Transitional Student Liaisons, Ja’Net Crayton (jcrayton@georgiacyber.org),

Michelle Dalton (mdalton@georgiacyber.org) , Sophia Sutherland (ssutherland@georigacyber.org).

  • Migrant Students

GCA participates in the Migrant Education Program (MEP). Migrant students in GCA are also provided additional support and supplies to help with their education. Additionally, please contact your Transitional Student Liaisons for more information.

  • Tutoring

GCA offers TutorMe which is a free online 24/7 online tutoring service that covers 300 plus areas. This online platform allows students to connect with a live tutor right from their home. TutorMe’s network of over 10,000 verified tutors are ready to help with any academic question, no matter how big or small. To access TutorMe, log into Clever and find the TutorMe icon under District Apps.

Click here for more information- https://www.georgiacyber.org/academics/tutoring/tutorme

ALL ABOUT US! - We hope your year is going well! We would like to introduce ourselves and share a little about how we serve families at GCA. Contact Us!

Ja'Net Crayton

Hello I am Ja’Net Crayton and I work as a Transitional Student Liaison (TSL) for Georgia Cyber Academy. I am a wife and proud mom of six children who love sports and technology. I have been employed by the state of Georgia for many years serving families and helping children prepare for a brighter future. I graduated from Bridgewater State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Social Work. I also have a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration on Conflict Resolution from The University of the Rockies. To me, family is everything, and helping others during difficult times is rewarding. I truly enjoy this role and look forward to growing, providing and building lasting relationships with our families.

Michelle Dalton

My name is Michelle Dalton and I am one of your Transitional Student Liaison (TSL) at Georgia Cyber Academy. I have over 15 years of experience in the Social Work field and enjoy working alongside the TSL team to provide support and resources to our GCA families. I graduated from Texas State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, and I also have a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Norfolk State University. I am inspired daily by my husband and 4 sons. In my free time, I enjoy working out, spending time with my animals, watching movies and traveling.

Sophia Sutherland

My name is Sophia Sutherland. I am a Transitional Student Liaison (TSL) with Georgia Cyber Academy. My background is working with Family and Children, which brings fulfillment to my career. I enjoy interacting with my families and helping to break barriers that they might be facing. I obtained a bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Georgia State University. I enjoy working with my colleagues and sharing new ideas. In my spare time I love spending time with my grandson and family members.

Mia Lewis

Hi! My name is Mia Lewis, the Transitional Student School Social Worker here at Georgia Cyber Academy (GCA)! Nice to meet you! Here at GCA, my role entails assisting families who are currently experiencing displacement/ homelessness. Moreover, I perform this role by connecting internal stakeholders with community organizations, building community partnerships and closely partnering with both the Counseling and Federal Programs departments here at GCA to assist families with their specific concerns. When I am not working, I enjoy serving at my church and trying new restaurants with friends and family. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions!